Hazards and Disasters Represented in Film

Authored by: Gregory Berger , Ben Wisner

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch11

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Abstract

Humanity has been representing hazards and disasters for a very long time. From cave paintings to science fiction ‘space opera’, or the resigned yet risk-aware winter haiku of Issa and blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow, people express their anxiety in the form of art. Indeed, the human being could as well be called homo metuens (one who fears) as well as the better-known epithets homo sapiens (the knower), homo faber (the maker) and homo ludens (one who plays).

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